What is awakened Mind?
Apriori Flower is brought into a historical teaching from his own perspective. For some of us this is an effective means to obtain greater knowledge. The knowledge he learns is the knowledge of his mind blooming.
The concept of Buddha is introduced here as a play on the word Buddha and bud. A bud is a flower in the preparation of blooming. It is like a baby becoming grown. Apriori reflects on the time when he only saw dark, then shapes and then light. For him he understands misunderstanding to understanding.
The lotus flower is compared to the Buddha’s awakening and also to Apriori’s own life. King wants Apriori to know that he will become awakened.